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Diane Gentile Drops 10-Track Sophomore Album "The Bad and the Beautiful"

As a native New Yorker, Diane Gentile's musical roots run deep. Her upbringing in Flushing, Queens, within a musical family, instilled a passion for music from an early age. Her journey from a self-taught pianist to a talented songwriter, combined with her experience in the music business, has resulted in an artist who knows her craft inside and out.

Diane Gentile's latest album, "The Bad and the Beautiful," is an absolute triumph that encapsulates the essence of New York City's vibrant music scene. Released via Velvet Elk Records, this album has been eagerly awaited, and it doesn't disappoint. With a blend of sharp wordplay, captivating narratives, and that distinctive NYC Rock 'n' Roll flair, Gentile takes us on a thrilling journey through the stories of characters who push boundaries and navigate life's complexities with a touch of glorious tragedy. Serving as her sophomore full-length album, "The Bad and the Beautiful" is a 10-track testament to her growth and artistic prowess. It's a compelling album that showcases her ability to captivate listeners with her storytelling and musical prowess.

Diane's influences, deeply rooted in the heart of NYC, shine through in every note of this album. Her eclectic blend of inspirations, from David Bowie to Lucinda Williams, The Rolling Stones to literary giants like Henrik Ibsen and William Shakespeare, is masterfully woven into her songs. The result? Tracks that exude the raw energy of Punk Rock and the depth of classic literature. Crafted in collaboration with producer Merle Chornuk at Atomic Sound Studios, and Diane's band of Gentle Men, including Colin Brooks on drums and Jason Victor on guitar, this project delivers a powerful and dynamic sound that perfectly complements Diane's introspective lyrics and captivating melodies.

One of the standout tracks, "Walk With Me," a collaboration with Alejandro Escovedo, set the tone for the album with its rave reviews, and the rest of the record follows suit. "The Bad and the Beautiful" is a tapestry of musical diversity, from introspective Folk-Rock gems like "Dance 'til Dawn" to gritty rock anthems like "Shimmy" and "Sugarcane." Diane effortlessly traverses a rich musical landscape, showcasing her versatility and range.

Throughout her career, Diane Gentile has shared stages with musical legends such as Richard Lloyd, Steve Wynn, and Lucinda Williams. Collaborations with artists like Alejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet have further solidified her place in the music world. Her single "Motorcycle" even earned the coveted title of "Coolest Song in the World" on Little Steven's Underground Garage Sirius XM channel.

As she embarks on regional tours to support this release, we can only anticipate more exciting chapters in her musical saga. Diane Gentile is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the music industry, and "The Bad and the Beautiful" is a testament to her enduring talent. Stay tuned for what's next because Diane Gentile is a rising star worth keeping an eye on.

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